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Senior Tory: High Heavens is 'stadium on smaller scale'
REDEVELOPMENT proposals for High Heavens rubbish tip pose the same road problems as the binned community stadium, a senior Tory says.
Conservative controlled Buckinghamshire County Council want to build a waste transfer station at the Clay Lane site as part of a larger project to build an incinerator in north Bucks.
However, it will create 158 vehicle movements, including HGVs, per day, leading to concerns over traffic and noise.
High Heavens is opposite Wycombe Air Park, where the new ground for Wasps and Wycombe Wanderers was proposed.
Ex-BCC Chairman Councillor Bob Woollard blasted those proposals, saying the road infrastructure would need millions of pounds of County Hall investment.
This week he said this week road issues remain for High Heavens.
Cllr Woollard, who chairs a High Heavens liaison committee, has been opposed to any major expansion for years and said the road network is “unsuitable”.
Cllr Woollard said: “It's the traffic issue and all the other associated factors of noise, pollution, etc.
“There are no traffic calming measures on that road, there's been many accidents over the years, as the residents will tell you.
“We are back to the stadium thing again but to a smaller extent, again we are in a situation where we are putting the cart before the horse.”
He fears problems on the M40 will lead to alternative routes being sought by vehicles, bringing problems to Lane End, Stokenchurch or Marlow.
He admitted BCC is “between a rock and a hard place” with “astronomic” landfill targets but believes there are alternative sites such as Wapsey's Wood in Beaconsfield.
Waste Recycling Group won the council contract to create the 'energy from waste facility' at Greatmoor in Calvert.
High Heavens would be used to bulk up waste that would be transferred to and from the site.
The project's purpose is to divert waste from landfill and recover energy and materials from waste that can not be recycled by households and businesses.
Dan Murphy, FCC Bid Director, said WRG has been listening to and addressing residents' concerns, particularly about traffic.
BCC is consulting with residents and will continue to accept comments after this ends on September 8.
RESIDENTS have been urged to look at the plans and discuss them with WRG next week.
A public display will be held between 3pm and 8pm on Monday September 5 at Cressex Community School, Holmers Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12, 4QA.